Tributes are flowing for a dog who was tragically killed in a fire at a Sydney Italian restaurant last week.

On Thursday, paramedics and fire crews rushed to Essenzia Italian on the corner of Devonshire and Crown Streets in Surry Hills at 11am after a delivery truck driver raised the alarm that the building was on fire.

While restaurant manager Angelo Ziotas was rescued, the pet dog who lived in the apartment above, died.

Essenzia Italian has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to the pet.

“RIP LexIe Lou. CEO Lexie Lou Corporation,” it reads.

“It has been a devastating few days as we try to fathom the magnitude of our loss and start to rebuild our lives.

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“At this stage, there are more questions than answers as we struggle to understand how this could have happened to us.”

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RIP LexIe Lou. CEO Lexie Lou Corporation. On the morning of Thursday 4th July an intruder entered our restaurant, attacking Angelo with a knife and setting fire to our home and business. Angelo was stabbed multiple times and our beautiful dog Lexie died as a result of her injuries. It has been a devastating few days as we try to fathom the magnitude of our loss and start to rebuild our lives. At this stage, there are more questions than answers as we struggle to understand how this could have happened to us. We are being well cared for our friends and supported by our wonderful community in Surry Hills. It is comforting to know that so many people care and we would like to thank the people who have reached out to us and offered help and support. A very kind friend has created a ‘go fund me’ page to help raise money to help us rebuild our lives. https://www.gofundme.com/essenzo-surry-hills-army It is too early to know what our future holds but we will endeavour to keep everyone updated on our situation via our website and social media sites. Thank you for your kindness…it is so very much needed and appreciated. Angelo and Kate xxx

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An online fundraiser has been created to help assist the couple.

(Source: 9News)

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